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Forming a Coalition to Decrease Freshout Rampup Time in the Engineering Workplace: A Business Plan for an Academic, Industry, and Government Partnership

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.622.1 - 24.622.32



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Steven W. Villachica Boise State University

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Steve Villachica is an Associate Professor of Instructional and Performance Technology (IPT) at Boise State University. His research interests focus on leveraging expertise in the workplace in ways that meet organizational missions and business goals. He is currently working on an NSF grant to increase engineering faculty adoption of evidence-based instructional practices [NSF #1037808: Engineering Education Research to Practice (E2R2P)]. A frequent author and conference presenter, he is a member of ASEE, ISPI, ASTD, and AECT. A contributing editor to IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and ETR&D, Steve completed his doctorate in educational technology at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Donald Plumlee Boise State University

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Forming a Coalition to Decrease Freshout Rampup Time in the Engineering Workplace: A Business Plan for an Academic, Industry, and Government PartnershipHaving spent more than three years trying to change the engineering curriculum at oneuniversity, the Engineering Education Research to Practice (E2R2P) team has realized thatwonder workshops for faculty, visible redesigns of courses, and other sub-system solutions don’twork. Changing the curriculum requires re-engineering the larger engineering education systemand the ways in which it academic, government, and industry components interact to produceand onboard newly hired and graduated “freshout” engineers. In other words, there is an unmetneed to use systems engineering to change the system that produces new engineers and ramps uptheir performance in the workplace.To this end, the E2R2P team has proposed creating a larger venue for collaboration, where theseparties can reach past their traditional silos to decrease the time that freshouts need to fit intotheir new jobs and reach competent levels of workplace performance. This collaborative venuecould provide the mechanism for changing the system to produce work-ready graduates and theonboarding processes that engineering businesses use.This venue would allow academics, government, and industry to work together as part of a largercommunity of concern and practice. Collaboratively, they could collect and interpret data inways that would let them identify problems, determine root causes, and determine correctiveactions that improve engineering education and onboarding.To create this venue, the team has drafted a business plan for a nonprofit coalition to decreasenew engineer ramp up time. The plan consists of the following major sections:  Foundation: Current state and historical context, along with the mission, vision, values, and style/image of the proposed coalition.  External environment: Stakeholder segments, competition, and important trends.  Business model: services to be offered, customers, positioning and value proposition, channels to customers, financial model, organization and staffing model.  Goals and strategies: biggest challenges and opportunities, potential benefits for institutional members, goals and strategies, business processes.  Organization: form of business, organization structure and roles and responsibilities, compensation and financial model.  Action plan for implementation: start-up risks and risk mitigation; milestones, Objectives, activities and timelines; financial forecast.The E2R2P team is interested in finding academic and business partners willing to explore andcollaborate in this effort.

Villachica, S. W., & Plumlee, D. (2014, June), Forming a Coalition to Decrease Freshout Rampup Time in the Engineering Workplace: A Business Plan for an Academic, Industry, and Government Partnership Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20513

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